When 13-year-old Avalyn Miller has dance class Tuesdays from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m., her mother, Rebecca, doesn’t have to tell her in advance to “pack your dinner and get your homework done. Go!”

   That’s because Avalyn can attend virtual school in the morning and then prepare in the afternoon for her evening activities.

   Such flexibility in schedule and learning style is what makes a virtual, online school so appealing to some students and their parents, said Rebecca Miller, who is planning coordinator for the Ripon Area School District’s new Odyssey Academy of Virtual Learning, set to start up this fall.

   The Ripon Area School District created the virtual school after receiving a $900,000, five-year virtual school planning grant in June 2018.

   “You fit schooling to fit your life and your family’s lifestyle rather than school fitting your family. You know your kiddos best. You know how they learn best,” she said. “You know when they operate best. So we are really looking to parents: ‘What works best for your child?’”

   District parents were given an opportunity last week to better understand how their children may go to school theoretically without leaving their homes.

   Miller briefed three mothers during the presentation on the future school’s operations and benefits.

   Read the full story in the March 14, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.